sa04 has left the library, sa04 has been saved

28 12 2009

It’s not quite a Reading Rainbow.

It’s just two scenes. I wanted to get more done, but I put off writing it until late, and really… this story’s been like pulling teeth. I think the end result is working out fine, but it’s definitely forced its way out, outline disagreeing with what I write live disagreeing with my original idea going into it. In the end, whatever wants to be written wins and ends up on paper. In bits. Whatever.

Also, don’t forget the holiday bonus material I posted with the last update. Enjoy!

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6 responses

28 12 2009
cmdr_zoom

Adults actually acknowledging and being honest with the young protagonists, instead of mysteriously manipulative or benignly useless? YOU’RE GOING AGAINST GENRE, MAN!

28 12 2009
Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne

I defy your genre! /em shakefist
Still, Emily’s not going to be completely open and honest. She’s juggling a lot right now, and definitely adopting a stance of secrecy. What she lets out is only what needs to be let out to get the end result she wants… including giving Melvin a bone to ensure he plays along.

28 12 2009
cmdr_zoom

Of course – but she’s like that with many adults too, yes? And compared to most children’s lit (including the series you’re Subtly Homaging here), where the protagonists’ agency seems to require the grups being absent, clueless, and/or obstructionist…

29 12 2009
lirazel

He’s not just going against genre — he’s going against the entire world of young adult lit! Ever since Treasure Island, the premise has been that adults are evil, clueless, or not present for some reason, and possibly all three.
On the other hand, despite telling quite a good story without a lot of s*x to make it “adult”, this isn’t really a kid’s story.

29 12 2009
Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne

Considering 80% of the books I read in junior high English classes concerned murder, sex, suicide, despair, sex, and occasionally cannibalism, I think anachronauts could make a decent young adult’s book. It’s no worse than Catcher in the freaking Rye.
I had to push hard to do a book report on something other than Deathwatch, As I Lay Dying, or If I Die In A Combat Zone Box Me Up And Ship Me Home. Instead I did Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which I found to be full of bleak and cynical despair about an irreparably broken universe, so I suppose I didn’t exactly win in the end.

29 12 2009
lirazel

Ah, but you see, that’s LIT-er-ah-toor. I don’t know when English classes decided that stories with a bit of humor or optimism were Bad Lit. Depressingly, it’s the same today; my sister was in despair over the despair in every gritty, realistic, Life Sucks book her kids were told to read.
But even so — where are the adults? In Catcher in the Rye, Holden has managed to evade them. In Lord of the Flies, the adults have screwed up and lost the kids. In many other books, the Young Person is either in the military with “adults” represented by stupid officers, or in general the adults are petrified and afraid to act, if they’re present at all.
Positive or negative, the kind of story that you get in, oh, A Wrinkle In Time, where the kids still have to solve the problems but the adults are also working on the same problems and helpful to the children are few and far between. (L’Engle wrote quite a lot of them, actually. Hmm.)

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